Horse Racing

Runway fork for Keats

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Keats will be looking to win his fourth since joining Gavin Bedggood stables as he competes Eclipse Shares in Caulfield.

Cranbourne coach Gavin Bedggood said that Eclipse Shares in Caulfield is a turning point in the race for Keats.

Mike Moroney’s formerly trained galloper will make his sixth start since joining Bedggood stables, chasing a fourth win.

Saturday’s Group 3 over 1800m competition was by far the toughest task Keats faced with his new coach as there weren’t many suitable options for the imported galloper.

Keats was scheduled to run last Sunday Kilmore Cup (1600m)but that meeting was canceled because the tracks were flooded.

Bedggood says he has option to run for election on Friday Wodonga Cup (1590m) but think the race went a bit stronger than anticipated.

And with an additional $100,000 bonus, Bedggood considers Eclipse Stock the right choice.

“The plan was to go to the Kilmore Cup, but that was out of our hands,” Bedggood said.

“There aren’t many options, it’s going to Sydney or the Wodonga Cup which I think is strong enough, so I think we’ll take our chances and fight for the prize we deserve.

“I think it was the perfect ride for him.

“2000 meters was the end of his trip while a mile was probably the end of his distance.”

Keats has not raced since winning the Peninsula Cup (1600m) at Mornington on October 30.

Bedggood says four weeks between runs isn’t ideal, but gelding has worked for a considerable amount of time, keeping fitness remaining.

Bedggood said: “He did a great job on Tuesday, worked a little bit faster on Thursday and he’s going to make his presence felt.

“It’s a standard step up and a fork in the road for him to see if he gets to this level.

“I’m definitely looking forward to seeing if he’s there.”

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